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Is it possible to tune Hd or Sd channels on the DMR-E85H. I can only tune in analogue stations

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Unfortunately no, it is not possible to tune Hd / Sd channels on the Panasonic DMR-E85H, because it only has an analogue TV tuner.

For Sd, you could insert a 'digibox' between the RF aerial input and the DVD, but you won't be able to get Hd currently unless you subscribe to a cable or satellite provider.

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How do you re-tune the panasonic DMR E85H DVD Recorder. I have done exactly as it says in the manual and still it does not find any channels? Is it digital?


The tuner in the DMR-58H is a NTSC tuner (analog). Unless you have a low power station in your area, you will need a digital-to-analog converter box to record OTA stations. It can record analog cable without a box as well. (Digital cable will require a box.)

The manual for the DMR-E85H is available from Panasonic here: http://service.us.panasonic.com/OPERMANPDF/DMRE85H.pdf .

I hope this helps.

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(at least in my area there is only one station broadcasting an analog signal; it is a low-power transmitter and thus wasn't required to upgrade to digital with the rest of the stations.)

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It is not possible to tune in 7two, channel 11, GO! or similar digital channels with this model DVD recorder, as its tuner would most likely be analogue only. You would either need to upgrade to a model with a digital tuner built in, or purchase an external set top box, capable of SD and HD digital reception, and connect its AV outputs to the respective inputs of the recorder, in order to record the channels you want.

However, being in OZ, those digital channels are available as free to air - all you would need is the appropriate receiver to enjoy them. I recommend a set top box which offers HD as well as SD.

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When connected to the Panasonic DVD player I get a message when on One HD and any channel above that - "Unable to decode HD". How can I connect to these channels through the player?


You can't, without an external HD set top box connected via the recorder's inputs. HD is not a standard digital tuner format for this or any model Panasonic DVD recorder that I am aware of. Panasonic do not offer a way for the user/owner to skip the HD channels (which cannot be decoded) in these units. You can only skip analogue channels in VCRs/DVD recorders (which feature an integrated SD digital/analogue tuning system) - stupid really. It just means you need a separate box to get all the available HD channels through the unit.

Yes, 7mate (channel 73) is HD (but it isn't specified on their website or in the EPG) as is Gem ( channel 90) and of course One HD.

I assume your machine has a built in SD digital tuner.

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Why won't dmr e85h pick up all the digital channels the tv attached to it will? Is it outdated technology? Do you need a digital set top box or completely replace the unit? Anyone...?


You most likely will need a set top box connected to this recorder in order to receive digital channels, Assuming the DVD recorder works besides this detail, you should not need to replace the unit. Only replace it if it DOESN'T work.

The DMR-E85H is a 2005 model so it is more than 5 years old.

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Search ResultsI have a Panasonic DVD REcorder Model No. DMR-ES30V itwill not find any channels


Assuming the antenna is connected, and you still receive analogue broadcasts in your area, this machine should 'find' channels fine. Because this combo does not feature a DVB supported SD digital tuner (unlike the DMR-EZ series which does), it is possible that the analogue tuner (or its associated circuit) is faulty (the best way to determine whether your combo has a problem or if you have no analogue channels in it is to check your TV - if that still has analogue channels, and those are OK, then it is the combo's tuner which is the problem).

The problem with this circuit is the abundance of surface-mounted components on the copper side of the board as well as standard ones on the other side (particularly in the power supply as well as the tuner). When these tiny parts fail, it is almost impossible to replace these individually, as they are glued and soldered to the tracks; manufacturers nowadays lean toward complete board/chassis/module replacement rather than indivdidual parts. It is also time-consuming for a workshop to trace the sources of the fault within these components; so the labour cost increases accordingly, and the parts are not cheap, hence the board replacement scenario.

My guess is one or more surface-mount ICs and/or surface-mount transistors to the IF/RF tuning module has developed an internal short which will mean a workshop repair.

This may not be economical for a DVD/VCR combo with no digital tuner as the unit is over 5 years old.

Here's what I recommend: with the advent of digital broadcasts, the cheaper option is to buy a digital set-top box (SD or HD or both if you can get it - any brand with standard AV/RCA sockets) - connect the outputs of the box to the inputs of the combo (assuming there is no macrovision by the channels from the STB allowing some taping/recording occasionally), select the input 'function' on the DMR-ES30V ('INPUT SELECT' is not a channel and does not use the tuner; it uses a separate control circuit as part of the video IF stage), and this should be OK. You can try this, and avoid the workshop completely this time.

It's messy, but a lot cheaper and simpler, since your DVD and VCR part appear to be OK. You should not need to replace the combo at this stage. Analogue broadcasts are gradually being phased out. I hope this helps a tiny bit.

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